Traveling in general requires some effort and preparation, but having a child or children involved makes travel preparation even more complicated. Recently, this author traveled to another city with a 15-month old in tow, staying at a hotel for four days. Planning ahead, packing the necessities, and these important extras made the trip easier and that much more enjoyable.
These tips are just a few ways to make traveling with a toddler a little easier, though they are by no way exclusive or listed in any order of importance or need.
Always bring your Lysol spray. Hotel rooms are well-known to be germ factories, so be sure to do a general spray down when you arrive.
Just like Lysol, use Clorox Wipes to wipe down the surfaces that your toddler will definitely touch, including bath tub and sink. The hotel staff does clean each room after use, but sometimes it’s better to be safe than sorry. Clorox wipes are also handy should a bathroom accident occur or dirty hands get all over hotel furniture.
Liquid hand soap
Hotels normally provide bar soap for hand washing. For some people, bar soap works just fine. For others, such as myself, liquid soap is a better way to go, especially if you are washing your hands after changing a particularly dirty diaper.
Bringing empty plastic bags from the grocery store may seem like a silly idea, but it’s always nice to have some of these if you have to store an outfit that is too dirty to put with the rest of the laundry. More importantly, it is courtesy to the hotel staff who is cleaning the room if you throw dirty diapers away in a plastic bag to avoid the odor.
Your toddler’s lovey
Babies and tolddlers crave a sense of home. Staying a strange place can be intimidating, so be sure to bring something comforting from home, like your child’s favorite stuffed bear or lovey. (Side note from the author: keep the Lysol spray handy should this item fall on the floor in the hotel or while out and about.)
Bath tub mat
If you are staying at the hotel for more than one night, you will inevitably have to bathe your child. Hotel bath tubs can be slick, so bring a bath mat to put in the tub during bath time. It puts something between your child and the tub, but it also prevents slipping. Plus, mom and dad can benefit from this protection, as well, during showers.
Bring at least one night light: one for the bedroom and one for the bathroom. Hotels tend to stay dark pretty well once night falls, so having some light source will help your child feel safe, as well as help you find your way around the room in the middle of the night.
Not all parents know the beauty that is a noise machine. Sound machines are excellent ways to drown out distractions and help a child fall to sleep. And when you are in a hotel, amongst other guests, loud noises and distractions are everywhere. Bring a noise machine to drown out those sounds so that your little one can sleep soundly with no interruptions.
Snacks, snacks, snacks!
Children get hungry, and they get hungry at pretty much any time. Room service is expensive, and items on the menu are not always “kid-friendly.” Bring plenty of snacks that are toddler friendly Take some with you when you are out and about, but be sure to make sure the room is stocked as well.
A little something for mom and dad
Traveling with a toddler is tough. No matter how much fun family time is, when night time hits, your child is asleep, you need a good way to treat yourself and relax. Bring whatever it is that treats you. This author finds a nice glass of Oliver Soft Red wine to be satisfying, but always remember the wine opener if you do bring this treat with you!